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July 13th, 2009

Herb, Bud and the Beanstalk Boys (also known as simply, The Beanstalk Boys) is a partnership of adults with disabilities who own and operate an urban agri-business. What started out several years ago as a small project to develop a garden space out of a piece of land the size of a large living room, has grown into a year-round Urban Agribusiness with over 600 square feet of indoor and outdoor growing space. Last year the Beanstalk Boys grew a variety of crops including herbs, peas, beans, cabbage, flowers, etc. that were sold to local restaurants, farmers markets and a local grocery store. All seeds and plants were from donations from local garden centers and grocery stores.

After securing long-term partnerships with the Alternative High School, The University of Calgary Community Garden Project and Mount Royal College and with the generous support and cooperation of the local business community, Herb Bud and the Beanstalk Boys has turned a corner and is now a year-round agribusiness. With the development of two outdoor garden locations at the Alternative High School and the University of Calgary and one professionally equipped greenhouse growing space at Mount Royal College, hopes are high for future expansion.

After much ‘sweat equity’ and teamwork the location is now a series of garden boxes laid out in a circle design that signifies the ‘circle of truth’ philosophy of the school. This year, approximately 20 more garden boxes will be built with the assistance of up to 20 volunteers from Home Depot and CASS staff. ‘Team Depot’ will bring their expertise and their tools to assist in a “garden box work bee” on May 3, 2006 to increase the growing capacity of the garden business.

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